The Wandering Tops

The Wandering Tops

22 July, 2017

Edith Falls

Travelled on the Victoria Hwy to Katherine then camped at Edith Falls, enjoying a refreshing swim. Had another camp at Adelaide River Racecource before continuing up the Stuart Hwy to Darwin

Edith Falls from the picnic and camping area. 

Top falls

Plenty of swimming spots

From the lookout

20 July, 2017

Back in the NT - Zebra Rock Mine

We left Broome after 2 weeks of enjoying each day at the beach and started to make our way towards the Northern Territory. We had travelled across the Great Northern Hwy to Kununurra previous trips but still enjoyed staying at our favourite spots. Had an overnight stop at Ellendale gravel pit (plenty of room here as main camping area was full).  fuelling up at Fitzroy Crossing at the same time as Ernie Dingo! This created a bit of entertainment for the locals. We decided to head for Mary Pool a very popular free camp. We were lucky enough to get a riverside spot so stayed a couple of nights. Our next overnight stop was Dunham River Rest Area (approx 100kms SW of Kununurra). This worked well for a quick early morning visit to Kununurra for fuel & water then onto Zebra Rock Mine.

We really enjoy the hospitality of Ruth and Kim (Zebra Rock Mine), so stayed for 2 nights. I was able to enjoy scones/jam/cream plus a couple of mango icecreams, this along makes the trip in worth it. Really enjoy staying at this place - basic but very welcoming. Travelled on the Victoria Hwy to Katherine then camped at Edith Falls, enjoying a refreshing swim. Had another camp at Adelaide River Racecource before continuing up the Stuart Hwy to Darwin.

The gate entrance to Zebra Rock Mine, on the Duncan Road

A lage piece of Zebra rock on display 

Ruth gives a talk on how the mine started and how she came to marry Kim.

More samples of zebra rock on display. 

Tom entertained us around the fire with fire twirling 

Nightly fire to chat with fellow tavellers

Of course I had to have some of the best scones, baked daily. Yum!
Note the piece of zebra rock used for the outdoor table.

06 July, 2017

Back in Broome again!

Got an early start from Barn Hill and arrived in Broome before the post office closed to collected our mail, gave the van a bit of a wash to get rid of some red dirt before setting up. Was settled into our home at Tarangau Caravan Park by lunchtime and look forward to spending the next 2 weeks here, my goal was to get to Cable Beach every day. Love coming back to Broome and naturally spending as much time on Cable Beach as we can. In previous visits we had visited many of the tourist highlights so this time we could really enjoy as the locals say "Broome Time".

Met up with friends from Adelaide, Manfred and Netty, and were able to share Happy Hour drinks on Cable Beach watching the sunset, great breakfast @ Town Beach Cafe, viewing staircase to the moon and having a great Friday night dinner at the Fishing club.  Helen and I also visited the various markets, and checked out the Sun Princess which docked at the wharf for a quick visit. Went for sunset drinks with Con, a friend from Darwin, at Gantheaume Point and another day drove around Reddell Beach and Redell Point to the deep water port.

The weather was perfect and suited our beach bum existence - even had dolphins and whales putting on a performance for us one day.  Even though we were in Broome at peak season, we did not experience the traffic to be too bad. It is expensive but will keep returning as we really enjoy the Broome laid back way of life.

This was our backyard for 2 weeks, Cable Beach. Achived my kpi's and made it to the beach every day!

Drinks as the sunsets at Cable Beach, Helen and Netty
A rough lot of tourists, well the blokes anyway!
Of course whats sunset on Cable beach without camels
There are 3 groups of camels, red, blue and this is the yellow.
Was impressed by these bikes with fat tyres, ideal for riding on the beach.
Quite an attraction with 100s to watch the sunset.
More wine please!
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A large crowd gathered at Town Beach to watch the staircase to the moon.

My staircase to the moon photo
Lots of photos taken from every advantage point.

One of the boats at Gantheaume Point on sunset.

Gantheaume Point sunset
Interesting rocks on Reddell Beach
The Sun Princes at the Broome warf.